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Several are killed in a shootout outside Columbus, Ohio

Several people were killed in a shooting outside Columbus, Ohio on Monday, according to local media reports.

The shooting took place in West Jefferson, Ohio, a village of about 4,000 people about 20 miles west of the state’s capital. Authorities told The Columbus Dispatch that they had found the bodies of the victims inside and outside a duplex residence on the 100 block off Jackson Street.

Three bodies were found in the apartment and there were additional bodies outside the house, WSYX TV reported. The police informed the station that they received an emergency call from a passerby around 5:30 p.m.

The station cited information from the village police chief, Christopher Floyd, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday evening. A West Jefferson Police Department dispatcher referred questions to the chief.


The officers did not immediately provide details of the total number of victims, their names or any information about possible suspects.

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation officials helped process the crime scene at the request of local police, Steve Irwin, a spokesman for the attorney general, said in an email Monday evening.

Mr Irwin said he could not provide additional details about the shooting as the West Jefferson Police Department was leading the investigation.

Chief Floyd said the shooting occurred at a dead end, leading him to believe the victims had been targeted, WSYX reported.

“We don’t know if it’s a robbery, a target, we don’t know yet,” Chief Floyd told the station. “Something has brought someone to a dead end.”

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